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23rd Mar '17 7:15:21 PM lapistier
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** Again in the Sinnoh games, the caves at the centre of the region's lakes are considered to be myths, even though the characters can look across the lake and see if it's real or not.
14th Feb '17 3:22:57 AM thisissostupid
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* The villainess of the erotic thriller "Mind Twister" sneaks up on a cop - inside an elevator. An elevator which the cop looked into before entering. The camera angle is from outside the elevator, and there's just a small corner of it that the camera cannot observe - apparently that is more than enough.
8th Feb '17 10:46:12 PM Montanto
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* The legendary stealth abilities of [[ImpossibleThief Smoke Knights]] are often presented this way in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. At one point an unusually perspective character angrily tells the border of her panel to knock it off. The Smoke Knight who's been sitting beside her for the last few minutes is very surprised.

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* The legendary stealth abilities of [[ImpossibleThief Smoke Knights]] are often presented this way in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. At one point an unusually perspective perceptive character angrily tells the border of her panel to knock it off. The Smoke Knight who's been sitting beside her for the last few minutes is very surprised.
8th Feb '17 12:00:54 PM AthenaBlue
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-->'''Doctor:''' Well, I've been captured, but don't worry Pete and Rose can still rescue me--
-->(Pete and Rose appear at the edge of the screen)
-->'''Doctor:''' --oh well, nevermind.

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-->'''Doctor:''' -->'''The Doctor:''' Well, I've been captured, but don't worry worry, Rose and Pete and Rose can still will rescue me--
-->(Pete
me--\\
(Rose
and Rose Pete appear at the edge of the screen)
-->'''Doctor:'''
screen)\\
'''The Doctor:'''
--oh well, nevermind.
8th Feb '17 11:58:56 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have many instances of a HumongousMecha or giant-sized monster suddenly appearing in the middle of a fight. Typically, the Rangers are just about to be struck down by the monster when the SixthRanger stealthily appears out of nowhere in his own HumongousMecha and parries the monster's would-be killing blow.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' [[SixthRanger Antonio]] does this a handful of times, notably in his intro episode.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Cyberwoman", Ianto and his Cyberwoman love interest talk for approximately 5 minutes without realizing that ''four people'' are standing just beyond the screen's edge, until they reveal themselves through action.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' when a Ferengi captain abducts Troi, Riker, and Lwaxana. Mr. Hohm comes back onscreen just after they've beamed out and is perplexed by their absence--however, there were no corners or visual obstructions that would have blocked his view, so he ought to have been able to see the encounter and culprit.
* As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJAIKLbhdk this video]] shows, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Weyoun could apparently only see what was in-frame. Somewhat justified as he explains that he has very weak eyesight, and his attention was with the guy he was talking to. Or he was deliberately treating Damar like a lackey. Or Damar had just entered the room and didn't enter Weyoun's field of view until the camera panned out.
* 'Death Valley' (a show with the basic premise of [[XMeetsY C.O.P.S dealing with supernatural criminals]] )constantly had zombies and other jump scare monsters jump the camera from just off-screen, regardless of whether the crew was standing in an empty parking lot, a baseball field or a stretch of highway.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have many instances of a HumongousMecha or giant-sized monster suddenly appearing Used in the middle of a fight. Typically, the Rangers are just about to be struck down by the monster when the SixthRanger stealthily appears out of nowhere ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' for an "InvisibleMan" character whose Alpha ability is [[spoiler:hiding in his own HumongousMecha and parries the monster's would-be killing blow.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' [[SixthRanger Antonio]] does this a handful of times, notably in his intro episode.
people's blind spots.]]
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'' episode "Cyberwoman", Ianto "Head", Blackadder ducks in and his Cyberwoman love interest talk for approximately 5 minutes without realizing that ''four people'' are standing just beyond out of a prison cell to interrogate Lady Farrow about the screen's edge, until they reveal themselves through action.
* Inverted in an episode
distinguishing features of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' when a Ferengi captain abducts Troi, Riker, and Lwaxana. Mr. Hohm comes back onscreen just after they've beamed out and is perplexed by their absence--however, there were no corners or visual obstructions that would have blocked his view, her husband so he ought to have been able to see can impersonate him (having beheaded him ahead of schedule). There's an open grille above the encounter door and culprit.
* As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJAIKLbhdk this video]] shows, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Weyoun could apparently only see
everyone inside is within view of the door, but somehow Lady Farrow doesn't overhear the frantic conversation within, nor do they hear what was in-frame. Somewhat justified as he explains she's saying to Blackadder, even though that he has very weak eyesight, and his attention was ''does'' seem to happen with Queenie at the guy he was talking to. Or he was deliberately treating Damar like a lackey. Or Damar had just entered the room and didn't enter Weyoun's field of view until the camera panned out.
* 'Death Valley' (a show with the basic premise of [[XMeetsY C.O.P.S dealing with supernatural criminals]] )constantly had zombies and other jump scare monsters jump the camera from just off-screen, regardless of whether the crew was standing in an empty parking lot, a baseball field or a stretch of highway.
end. (But who cares; it's still hilarious.)



** Also, it was a recurring joke for Denny and Alan to talk about Denny's midget girlfriend Bethany, with Denny saying something wildly inappropriate only to be told by Alan to look down, to find she's been standing just below the shot the whole time. HilarityEnsues
* In the season 2 finale of the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian, Robin, and most of the Merry Men have been tied to stakes and left to die in the desert (they're in the Holy Land). They exchange touching farewells at considerable length before being interrupted by an ally who has come to rescue them and who has managed to ride up across the desert, dismount his horse, TETHER HIS HORSE (to...something) ''about fifteen feet away from them'' without being noticed by ''any'' of them until he speaks and the camera swings round to reveal him. Even though several of them are facing in his direction.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' episode 2-14, "Chuck Versus the Best Friend", climaxes with [[spoiler:Chuck taking a bomb and driving a car off. The car blows up, and Sarah, naturally, weeps, whereupon Chuck pops up about two feet behind her commenting on how sweet that was. They don't even bother to confirm that he was driving the car via the remote control ChekhovsGun introduced less than ten minutes earlier.]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 6, in the episode "Nightwalker", a man is trying to follow the team when they notice him. They go down an alley and Teal'c hides behind a wall from the perspective of the camera, but in clear view of the guy following them. The guy runs down the alley, and stops next to Teal'c, who surprises and grabs the guy.

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** Also, it was a recurring joke for Denny and Alan to talk about Denny's midget girlfriend Bethany, with Denny saying something wildly inappropriate only to be told by Alan to look down, to find she's been standing just below the shot the whole time. HilarityEnsues
* In the season 2 finale of the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian, Robin, and most of the Merry Men have been tied to stakes and left to die in the desert (they're in the Holy Land). They exchange touching farewells at considerable length before being interrupted by an ally who has come to rescue them and who has managed to ride up across the desert, dismount his horse, TETHER HIS HORSE (to...something) ''about fifteen feet away from them'' without being noticed by ''any'' of them until he speaks and the camera swings round to reveal him. Even though several of them are facing in his direction.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' episode 2-14, "Chuck Versus the Best Friend", climaxes with [[spoiler:Chuck taking a bomb and driving a car off. The car blows up, and Sarah, naturally, weeps, whereupon Chuck pops up about two feet behind her commenting on how sweet that was. They don't even bother to confirm that he was driving the car via the remote control ChekhovsGun introduced less than ten minutes earlier.]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 6, in the episode "Nightwalker", a man is trying to follow the team when they notice him. They go down an alley and Teal'c hides behind a wall from the perspective of the camera, but in clear view of the guy following them. The guy runs down the alley, and stops next to Teal'c, who surprises and grabs the guy.
HilarityEnsues.



* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam often leaps into a situation that is far different from what it appears. Several times, he ends up on the set of a play, a movie, or a TV show, leading the audience to believe he's actually in a real-life situation, but when the episode is seen, it's revealed that he's on a TV set (or something similar). The only way this could actually fool Sam is if he was completely blind to everything that is not seen by the camera.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' featured an [[CrowningMomentOfFunny absolutely hilarious]] example in "Objects in Space" where [[spoiler: [[BountyHunter Jubal Early]] steps out into an empty hallway and looks one direction; he then turns to look the other way as the camera pans to show a very confuddled Mal staring blankly at the intruder.]]
* An episode of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had Walker and the bad guy of the week talking to each other (probably trying to out-tough-guy each other) when suddenly Walker is hit in the face with an oar. This clip was shown on ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien'', where Conan pointed out that, in order for that to make sense, Walker must have no peripheral vision.
* An episode of ''Series/TheTribe'' has Jack running down a hallway before Ebony sees him, the second he goes off screen Ebony appears on screen, there is no way they didn't see the other.

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* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam often leaps into a situation that is far different from what it appears. Several times, he ends up on the set of a play, a movie, or a TV show, leading the audience to believe he's actually in a real-life situation, but when the ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' episode is seen, it's revealed 2-14, "Chuck Versus the Best Friend", climaxes with [[spoiler:Chuck taking a bomb and driving a car off. The car blows up, and Sarah, naturally, weeps, whereupon Chuck pops up about two feet behind her commenting on how sweet that he's on a TV set (or something similar). The only way this could actually fool Sam is if was. They don't even bother to confirm that he was completely blind to everything that is not seen by driving the camera.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' featured an [[CrowningMomentOfFunny absolutely hilarious]] example in "Objects in Space" where [[spoiler: [[BountyHunter Jubal Early]] steps out into an empty hallway and looks one direction; he then turns to look
car via the other way as the camera pans to show a very confuddled Mal staring blankly at the intruder.remote control ChekhovsGun introduced less than ten minutes earlier.]]
* An episode ''Series/{{Community}}'' pulls a rather funny version of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had Walker and the bad guy of the week talking to each other (probably trying to out-tough-guy each other) this when suddenly Walker Annie is hit in the face with an oar. This clip was shown on ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien'', where Conan pointed out that, in order for that to make sense, Walker must have no peripheral vision.
* An episode of ''Series/TheTribe'' has Jack running down
Abed and Troy's "Dreamatorium"; a hallway before Ebony sees him, the second he goes off screen Ebony appears on screen, there is no way small room they didn't basically pretend functions as a holo-deck. While we see the other.scenery, it's repeated shown that Annie just sees Abed in a room, yet she ends up getting enough into it that she tries to storm off and runs into a wall.
* ''Series/DeadliestCatch'': A US Coast Guard cutter managed to sneak up on the Northwestern to administer a (surprise?) inspection. Sig and company wondered how [[FailedASpotCheck they'd missed seeing it coming]].
* In ''Series/DeathComesToTown'', the mayor's wife comes out of her house to water her plants, remarking on what a beautiful day it is, apparently unaware that her husband had been murdered the previous night. The camera slowly pulls out to reveal his bloodied corpse propped up with his head stuffed in the mailbox at the end of the driveway. She doesn't notice him until just before he's revealed to the audience, despite the fact that she was walking towards him the whole time and would have seen him the moment she stepped out of the house. To add to the (dark) humour of the scene, she starts screaming, at which point two of her neighbours from just out of frame successively pop in and start screaming, making one wonder how they hadn't noticed him either.
* ''Death Valley'' (a show with the basic premise of [[XMeetsY C.O.P.S dealing with supernatural criminals]] )constantly had zombies and other jump scare monsters jump the camera from just off-screen, regardless of whether the crew was standing in an empty parking lot, a baseball field or a stretch of highway.



** In "The Web of Fear", Jamie is heading along an Underground tunnel and is suddenly jumped by a Yeti when the camera pans over to reveal it. The Yeti was in the direction he was heading in and even HollywoodDarkness doesn't explain it, since it had glowing eyes.
** In "Rise of the Cybermen", the titular monsters ransack Jackie's birthday party and star murdering the guests. The Doctor and Rose dash outside along the lawn, only to stop and turn back when a row of Cybermen comes into view, advancing towards them. The trouble is, they were running directly towards the attackers, yet don't seem to notice them until the camera does.
** In part two, "The Age of Steel" the Doctor plays this for laughs after being captured by the Cybermen (though its clear he can see them):

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear "The Web of Fear", Fear"]], Jamie is heading along an Underground tunnel and is suddenly jumped by a Yeti when the camera pans over to reveal it. The Yeti was in the direction he was heading in and even HollywoodDarkness doesn't explain it, since it had glowing eyes.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen", Cybermen"]], the titular monsters ransack Jackie's birthday party and star murdering the guests. The Doctor and Rose dash outside along the lawn, only to stop and turn back when a row of Cybermen comes into view, advancing towards them. The trouble is, they were running directly towards the attackers, yet don't seem to notice them until the camera does.
** *** In part two, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel" Steel"]], the Doctor plays this for laughs after being captured by the Cybermen (though its clear he can see them):



** Played for scares with the Weeping Angels, whose whole schtick is that they cannot move when anyone's looking at them. There are many instances, especially in ''Blink'', where the character quite obviously cannot see them, but they remain frozen nonetheless, and only move when the camera looks away and the ''viewers'' cannot see them. TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou.
** In the episode "The Impossible Astronaut", a school bus drops Amy and Rory off in the middle of nowhere. As the bus leaves, they turn around to -- surprise! -- find the Doctor and a snazzy red car sitting behind them. However, they would have noticed him there as the bus arrived, if they had simply ''looked out the window''!
** There's a bit of this in "The Angels Take Manhattan", when a Weeping Angel touches [[spoiler:Rory in full view of Amy, then Amy in full view of the Doctor and River.]]
*** Made even worse by the Angel!Statue of Liberty somehow managing to make it half way across New York without anyone spotting it.
** In the opening scene of "Nightmare in Silver", the Doctor and company appear to have landed on the Moon, and he tries to explain to them that it's actually an amusement park ride. A moment later, soldiers surround them by entering through the ride's queue area which clearly has a sign stating it to be the "Spacey Zoomer Ride", an area that had been behind the camera until now but had to have been clearly visible to the Doctor's companions.
** [[LampShade LampShaded]] in ''The Next Doctor'', as Cybermen - whose every step is accompanied by loud metalic "thunks" - somehow manage to sneak up on the Doctor. He doesn't notice them until they are in view of the camera. He then accuses them:

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** Played for scares with the Weeping Angels, whose whole schtick is that they cannot move when anyone's looking at them. There are many instances, especially in ''Blink'', [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], where the character quite obviously cannot see them, but they remain frozen nonetheless, and only move when the camera looks away and the ''viewers'' cannot see them. TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou.
** In the episode [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Impossible Astronaut", a school bus drops Amy and Rory off in the middle of nowhere. As the bus leaves, they turn around to -- surprise! -- find the Doctor and a snazzy red car sitting behind them. However, they would have noticed him there as the bus arrived, if they had simply ''looked out the window''!
** There's a bit of this in "The Angels Take Manhattan", when a Weeping Angel touches [[spoiler:Rory in full view of Amy, then Amy in full view of the Doctor and River.]]
*** Made even worse by the Angel!Statue of Liberty somehow managing to make it half way across New York without anyone spotting it.
** In the opening scene of "Nightmare in Silver", the Doctor and company appear to have landed on the Moon, and he tries to explain to them that it's actually an amusement park ride. A moment later, soldiers surround them by entering through the ride's queue area which clearly has a sign stating it to be the "Spacey Zoomer Ride", an area that had been behind the camera until now but had to have been clearly visible to the Doctor's companions.
** [[LampShade LampShaded]] in ''The
Next Doctor'', Doctor"]], as Cybermen - whose every step is accompanied by [[StompyMooks loud metalic "thunks" metallic "thunks"]] - somehow manage to sneak up on the Doctor. He doesn't notice them until they are in view of the camera. He then accuses them:



** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]], a school bus drops Amy and Rory off in the middle of nowhere. As the bus leaves, they turn around to -- surprise! -- find the Doctor and a snazzy red car sitting behind them. However, they would have noticed him there as the bus arrived, if they had simply ''looked out the window''!
** There's a bit of this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]], when a Weeping Angel touches [[spoiler:Rory in full view of Amy, then Amy in full view of the Doctor and River.]]
*** Made even worse by the Angelic Statue of Liberty somehow managing to make it half way across New York without anyone spotting it.
** In the opening scene of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]], the Doctor and company appear to have landed on the Moon, and he tries to explain to them that it's actually an amusement park ride. A moment later, soldiers surround them by entering through the ride's queue area which clearly has a sign stating it to be the "Spacey Zoomer Ride", an area that had been behind the camera until now, but the Doctor and company had been ''looking straight at''.
* In the [[Series/TheDresdenFiles live action adaptation of]] ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the warden Morgan frequently ''appears'' right next to Harry Dresden, sometimes with weapon drawn, in a position that would be impossible to reach without being seen. Harry believes this to be some sort of teleportation, but Morgan himself describes it as using magic to make Harry not see him. In the DVD commentary the creators explicitly state that, with regards to how Morgan appears and disappears without being noticed, "the editor likes him" and cuts away from him whenever he needs to not be seen.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' featured an [[CrowningMomentOfFunny absolutely hilarious]] example in "Objects in Space" where [[spoiler: [[BountyHunter Jubal Early]] steps out into an empty hallway and looks one direction; he then turns to look the other way as the camera pans to show a very confuddled Mal staring blankly at the intruder.]]



** ''Sail Away'' has an inversion of this trope. An old man (Frank) is seeing visions of his dead ex-girlfriend, Gemma, who he hasn't seen in 58 years. At one point, he's walking on the beach when he sees her. Obviously, it's her. She's wearing a green pea coat and has long, flowing hair. Without taking his eyes off her, Frank approaches her, but between camera shots, Gemma is replaced by Johnathan, wearing a leather jacket. At this point, Frank asks Johnathan if he's the only one there and asks him if he's seen Gemma.
* In the [[Series/TheDresdenFiles live action adaptation of]] ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the warden Morgan frequently ''appears'' right next to Harry Dresden, sometimes with weapon drawn, in a position that would be impossible to reach without being seen. Harry believes this to be some sort of teleportation, but Morgan himself describes it as using magic to make Harry not see him. In the DVD commentary the creators explicitly state that, with regards to how Morgan appears and disappears without being noticed, "the editor likes him" and cuts away from him whenever he needs to not be seen.
* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Heroes Vs. Villains'', Russel and Boston Rob are discussing strategy on the beach. Russel mentions that it's time to get rid of the weaker members of the Villains tribe. Boston Rob asks who he was thinking of. Russel says, "Well, them", and points to Sandra and Courtney who, as the camera pans out to reveal ''has been two feet away from them during the entire discussion''.

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** ''Sail Away'' has an inversion of this trope. An old man (Frank) is seeing visions of his dead ex-girlfriend, Gemma, who he hasn't seen in 58 years. At one point, he's walking on the beach when he sees her. Obviously, it's her. She's wearing a green pea coat and has long, flowing hair. Without taking his eyes off her, Frank approaches her, but between camera shots, Gemma is replaced by Johnathan, Jonathan, wearing a leather jacket. At this point, Frank asks Johnathan if he's the only one there and asks him if he's seen Gemma.
* In the [[Series/TheDresdenFiles live action adaptation of]] ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the warden Morgan frequently ''appears'' right next to Harry Dresden, sometimes with weapon drawn, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnbgPvgJuV8 an episode]] of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Gonzo and others are horrified and creeped out by their performers, who are visible in a position that would be impossible to reach without being seen. Harry believes this to be some sort of teleportation, but Morgan himself describes it as using magic to make Harry not see him. In the DVD commentary the creators explicitly state that, with regards to how Morgan appears and disappears without being noticed, "the editor likes him" and cuts away from him whenever he needs to not be seen.
* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Heroes Vs. Villains'', Russel and Boston Rob are discussing strategy on the beach. Russel mentions that it's time to get rid of the weaker members of the Villains tribe. Boston Rob asks who he was thinking of. Russel says, "Well, them", and points to Sandra and Courtney who, as
long shot. When the camera pans out to reveal ''has been two feet away from them during moves in so only the entire discussion''.upper halves of the puppets can be seen, he looks down and sees the floor again.
-->'''Jim''': The fantasy always wins.



* Used in ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' for an "InvisibleMan" character whose Alpha ability is [[spoiler:hiding in people's blind spots.]]

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* Used In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Charles walks past some trash cans when Colonel Flagg whispers his name. He looks around, but doesn't see Flagg until he stands up. The trash cans were between Flagg and the camera but not Flagg and Charles.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders''' DCI Barnaby manages to pull off this trope from time to time. One notable instance occurs
in ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' the Series 7 episode "Sins of Comission".
* In the ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' episode "Undying Dream", Taja uncovers a corpse hanging in a cocoon, stares at it
for an "InvisibleMan" character whose Alpha ability is [[spoiler:hiding in people's blind spots.]]a few seconds, turns it so that it faces the audience and only THEN reacts with a gasp of dismay.



* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'', Sam often leaps into a situation that is far different from what it appears. Several times, he ends up on the set of a play, a movie, or a TV show, leading the audience to believe he's actually in a real-life situation, but when the episode is seen, it's revealed that he's on a TV set (or something similar). The only way this could actually fool Sam is if he was completely blind to everything that is not seen by the camera.
* In the season 2 finale of the BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'', Marian, Robin, and most of the Merry Men have been tied to stakes and left to die in the desert (they're in the Holy Land). They exchange touching farewells at considerable length before being interrupted by an ally who has come to rescue them and who has managed to ride up across the desert, dismount his horse, TETHER HIS HORSE (to...something) ''about fifteen feet away from them'' without being noticed by ''any'' of them until he speaks and the camera swings round to reveal him. Even though several of them are facing in his direction.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' Season 6, in the episode "Nightwalker", a man is trying to follow the team when they notice him. They go down an alley and Teal'c hides behind a wall from the perspective of the camera, but in clear view of the guy following them. The guy runs down the alley, and stops next to Teal'c, who surprises and grabs the guy.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' when a Ferengi captain abducts Troi, Riker, and Lwaxana. Mr. Hohm comes back onscreen just after they've beamed out and is perplexed by their absence--however, there were no corners or visual obstructions that would have blocked his view, so he ought to have been able to see the encounter and culprit.
* As [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kJAIKLbhdk this video]] shows, ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s Weyoun could apparently only see what was in-frame. Somewhat justified as he explains that he has very weak eyesight, and his attention was with the guy he was talking to. Or he was deliberately treating Damar like a lackey. Or Damar had just entered the room and didn't enter Weyoun's field of view until the camera panned out.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have many instances of a HumongousMecha or giant-sized monster suddenly appearing in the middle of a fight. Typically, the Rangers are just about to be struck down by the monster when the SixthRanger stealthily appears out of nowhere in his own HumongousMecha and parries the monster's would-be killing blow.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' [[SixthRanger Antonio]] does this a handful of times, notably in his intro episode.
* In an early episode of ''Series/{{Survivor}} Heroes Vs. Villains'', Russel and Boston Rob are discussing strategy on the beach. Russel mentions that it's time to get rid of the weaker members of the Villains tribe. Boston Rob asks who he was thinking of. Russel says, "Well, them", and points to Sandra and Courtney who, as the camera pans out to reveal ''have been two feet away from them during the entire discussion''.
* In the ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "Cyberwoman", Ianto and his Cyberwoman love interest talk for approximately 5 minutes without realizing that ''four people'' are standing just beyond the screen's edge, until they reveal themselves through action.
* An episode of ''Series/TheTribe'' has Jack running down a hallway before Ebony sees him, the second he goes off screen Ebony appears on screen, there is no way they didn't see the other.
* In the TV adaptation of ''Literature/TheTripods'', Will and Henry sneak out of a French prison past a guard who at one point is standing in a position that meant he'd be looking into the (now empty) cell they've just escaped from.
* An episode of ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' had Walker and the bad guy of the week talking to each other (probably trying to out-tough-guy each other) when suddenly Walker is hit in the face with an oar. This clip was shown on ''Late Night With Conan O'Brien'', where Conan pointed out that, in order for that to make sense, Walker must have no peripheral vision.



* ''Series/MidsomerMurders''' DCI Barnaby manages to pull off this trope from time to time. One notable instance occurs in the Series 7 episode "Sins of Comission".
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' pulls a rather funny version of this when Annie is in Abed and Troy's "Dreamatorium"; a small room they basically pretend functions as a holo-deck. While we see the scenery, it's repeated shown that Annie just sees Abed in a room, yet she ends up getting enough into it that she tries to storm off and runs into a wall.
* In ''Series/MortalKombatConquest'' episode "Undying Dream", Taja uncovers a corpse hanging in a cocoon, stares at it for a few seconds, turns it so that it faces the audience and only THEN reacts with a gasp of dismay.
* In ''Series/DeathComesToTown'', the mayor's wife comes out of her house to water her plants, remarking on what a beautiful day it is, apparently unaware that her husband had been murdered the previous night. The camera slowly pulls out to reveal his bloodied corpse propped up with his head stuffed in the mailbox at the end of the driveway. She doesn't notice him until just before he's revealed to the audience, despite the fact that she was walking towards him the whole time and would have seen him the moment she stepped out of the house. To add to the (dark) humour of the scene, she starts screaming, at which point two of her neighbours from just out of frame successively pop in and start screaming, making one wonder how they hadn't noticed him either.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnbgPvgJuV8 an episode]] of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', Gonzo and others are horrified and creeped out by their performers, who are visible in a long shot. When the camera moves in so only the upper halves of the puppets can be seen, he looks down and sees the floor again.
-->'''Jim''': The fantasy always wins.
* In the TV adaptation of ''Literature/TheTripods'', Will and Henry sneak out of a French prison past a guard who at one point is standing in a position that meant he'd be looking into the (now empty) cell they've just escaped from.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Charles walks past some trash cans when Colonel Flagg whispers his name. He looks around, but doesn't see Flagg until he stands up. The trash cans were between Flagg and the camera but not Flagg and Charles.
* ''Series/DeadliestCatch'': A US Coast Guard cutter managed to sneak up on the Northwestern to administer a (surprise?) inspection. Sig and company wondered how [[FailedASpotCheck they'd missed seeing it coming]].
* In ''Series/{{Blackadder}} II'' episode "Head," Blackadder ducks in and out of a prison cell to interrogate Lady Farrow about the distinguishing features of her husband so he can impersonate him (having beheaded him ahead of schedule). There's an open grille above the door and everyone inside is within view of the door, but somehow Lady Farrow doesn't overhear the frantic conversation within, nor do they hear what she's saying to Blackadder, even though that ''does'' seem to happen with Queenie at the end. (But who cares; it's still hilarious.)
7th Feb '17 4:48:27 PM Gimere
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See: NoPeripheralVision, FailedASpotCheck, OffscreenBonusStart, OffscreenTeleportation, OffScreenRealityWarp, TreeCover, FogOfWar, and ObscuredSpecialEffects. For the acoustic counterpart see SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil.

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See: NoPeripheralVision, FailedASpotCheck, OffscreenBonusStart, OffscreenStartBonus, OffscreenTeleportation, OffScreenRealityWarp, TreeCover, FogOfWar, and ObscuredSpecialEffects. For the acoustic counterpart see SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil.
3rd Feb '17 12:12:25 PM Gosicrystal
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* Subverted in ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'', where [[spoiler: the character you thought was called Q wasn't Q at all. Q was another person just out of view at all times. Everyone except for you as the player knew of him but never interacted with him because he pretended to be both blind and deaf. In fact, to turn everything on its head even more, no one apart from Eric and Mira who have been with him through the game knew of the kid you thought was Q.]]

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* Subverted in In ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'', where [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:he character you thought was called Q wasn't Q at all. Q was another person just out of view at all times. Everyone except for you as the player knew of him but never interacted with him because he pretended to be both blind and deaf. In fact, to turn everything on its head even more, no one apart from Eric and Mira who have been with him through the game knew of the kid you thought was Q.]]Q]].
24th Jan '17 2:56:05 PM v-n-n-n-n
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See: NoPeripheralVision, FailedASpotCheck, OffscreenTeleportation, OffScreenRealityWarp, TreeCover, FogOfWar, and ObscuredSpecialEffects. For the acoustic counterpart see SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil.

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See: NoPeripheralVision, FailedASpotCheck, OffscreenBonusStart, OffscreenTeleportation, OffScreenRealityWarp, TreeCover, FogOfWar, and ObscuredSpecialEffects. For the acoustic counterpart see SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil.
14th Jan '17 6:47:27 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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** Earlier in the film, the characters somehow don't notice the Spinosaurus, which is quite large and standing in plain sight of at least half the party, until a satellite phone in it's belly rings and gets their attention. Also strange because they could apparently hear the phone from quite a ways off, but somehow couldn't hear the sound of the twenty-something ton dinosaur coming at them.

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** Earlier in the film, the characters somehow don't notice the Spinosaurus, which is quite large and standing in plain sight of at least half the party, until a satellite phone in it's its belly rings and gets their attention. Also strange because they could apparently hear the phone from quite a ways off, but somehow couldn't hear the sound of the twenty-something ton dinosaur coming at them.
13th Jan '17 12:16:33 PM Leporidae
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* * [[http://www.britanick.com/videos/?id=Gu6xnR9kuYE This video]] by comedy group {{WebVideo/BriTANicK}} posits [[OffScreenRealityWarp what might happen]] to anyone caught behind the lack during a SplitScreenPhoneCall.
-->''"Where was I? Where the hell did I go? Why was David Bowie there?"''
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